A Monkey Could Do This


at the very first moment in Baltimore there was a thud

it was my great grandmother coming back to earth (levitate, negro


you could do it just breathe)


up to my chin in what I do not deserve

certainly there is a limit to the utility of Jesus


watch how I am to the touch

flaming off a rifle barrel


wherein I signal inspiration

in wound-up sclera and a ferocious cannonball

toward the rapt attention of the congregants


and raise up in testimony over this here

Simone White is the author of Unrest, House of Envy of all the World, and Dolly.

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